Change4Life aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat more healthily and exercise more. The Change4Life advertising campaign begins on January 3 2009.
Same-sex accommodation programme
The Department of Health pledged to eliminate all remaining mixed-sex hospital accommodation by April 2010. In January 2009, the health secretary Alan Johnson announces plans to help hospitals eliminate mixed-sex accommodation.
These plans include:
- funding for hospitals to improve patient privacy and dignity
- specialised advice and support to help hospitals make the most of their resources
- introducing performance measures from April 2010
- monitoring patients' experience of hospital accommodation
Find out more about same-sex hospital accommodation, including data on which hospitals still fail in providing single sex accommodation.
Design for patient dignity (Between 2009 -April 2010)
Making the hospital experience better by helping patients feel less vulnerable and more dignified. The Design Council, working in partnership with the Department of Health, commissioned six teams of designers and manufacturers, as well as healthcare design specialists from the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre to develop innovative new designs showing how different privacy and dignity issues could be solved.
Find out more the Design for patient dignity on the Design Council's website.
The NHS Constitution
The NHS Constitution was published on January 21 2009.
For the first time in the history of the NHS, the constitution brings together in one place details of what staff, patients and the public can expect from the National Health Service. It also explains what you can do to help support the NHS, help it work effectively, and help ensure that its resources are used responsibly.
The Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient. These rights cover how patients access health services, the quality of care you’ll receive, the treatments and programmes available to you, confidentiality, information and your right to complain if things go wrong.
The NHS Constitution was last updated on April 1 2013 to reflect structural changes to the NHS in England.
Read the NHS Constitution.
Stroke Act F.A.S.T. campaign
The Act F.A.S.T. campaign was launched in February 2009 and includes strong imagery to highlight the visible signs of stroke.
F.A.S.T., which stands for Face-Arm-Speech-Time, is a simple test to help people recognise the signs of stroke and understand the importance of emergency treatment. The campaign encourages people to call 999 as soon as possible. The sooner a stroke patient receives treatment, the better their chances are of surviving and reducing long-term disability.
Care Quality Commission launched
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was launched in April 2009 as a new regulator for health, mental health and adult social care.
The new organisation aims to help regulate the quality of services. It brings together information from the monitoring and inspection of all health and social care services.
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)
All NHS patients having hip or knee replacements, varicose vein surgery, or groin hernia surgery are being invited to fill in PROMs questionnaires. PROMs are Patient Reported Outcome Measures.
The NHS is asking patients about their health and quality of life before they have an operation, and about their health and the effectiveness of the operation afterwards. This will help the NHS measure and improve the quality of its care.
PROMs have been collected by all providers of NHS-funded care since April 2009
18-week waiting times
The NHS Constitution states that no one should wait more than 18 weeks for consultant-led NHS treatment. This means that your treatment should start no later than 18 weeks from the day your GP refers you (unless you choose to wait longer or there's a good medical reason to delay).
As a result, hospital waiting times are now the shortest since NHS records began. Being treated within 18 weeks of GP referral is a significant achievement considering that people often waited 18 months or more for an operation during the 1990s.
New Horizons: better mental wellbeing, better mental healthcare
The New Horizons programme is a 10-year strategy to improve adult mental health services in England by 2020. New Horizons brings together local and national organisations and individuals to work towards a society that values mental wellbeing as much as physical health.
In 2011, New Horizons was replaced with the Mental health outcomes strategy.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74 is being introduced. It will give you and your GP a clearer picture of your health, and will help you take action to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.